The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0260 Thursday, 26 July 2018
Date: July 26, 2018 at 10:03 AM EDT
Subject: Christy Desmet
I just learned on Facebook from Alexa Joubin that my dear friend Christy Desmet has died:
My dear friend, mentor and guardian angel Christy has just passed away all of a sudden. She has been a close friend with a big heart and a beacon of light in the often hostile, academic world. She took me under her wings when I was a fledgling student, and in times both joyful and difficult. She gave me the gift of hope. The devastating news reached me in the midst of a conference in Stratford-upon-Avon. I could not stop crying and had to step outside. I cannot even begin to imagine the loss and pain of her family and dear Plum. So, so sudden. Time is frozen. We'll all have to dry our tears and try to celebrate, instead of mourn, her beautiful life. I can only aspire to have her grace, resilience, wisdom, and smiles against all odds one day.
I was introduced to Christy by another dear friend Bernice Kliman soon after my mid-20s younger daughter had been born.
You will be missed.
Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor
Director of FYC/UGA Writing Center
Co-General Editor, Borrowers and Lenders
Associate Editor, Int'l Journal of ePortfolio
Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of English and Director of the First-year Composition Program/UGA Writing Center. Reading Shakespeare's Characters: Rhetoric, Ethics, and Identity was published in 1992 by the University of Massachusetts Press and reprinted as an electronic book by netLibrary in 2000. I am also the co-editor (with Robert Sawyer) of Shakespeare and Appropriation (Routledge, 1999) and of Harold Bloom's Shakespeare (Palgrave, 2001). With Anne Williams, I have edited Shakespearean Gothic (2009). Helen Faucit appeared in 2011. With Sujata Iyengar, I am co-founder and co-general editor of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, which can be found at http://www.borrowers.uga.edu.
Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles (1984)
My research interests include Shakespeare and New Media/Web 2.0; the rhetoric of reading and writing English history; theory, practice, and assessment of ePortfolios; teaching Shakespeare; and teaching writing and literature in digital contexts. I teach in two areas: Renaissance or early modern Literature and Rhetoric and Composition.
My most recent books are Shakespearean Gothic, co-edited with Anne Williams and published in 2009 by the University of Wales Press and Helen Faucit (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2011). I have also co-edited a collection of essays, Shakespeare/Not Shakespeare (with Natalie Loper and Jim Casey), that is forthcoming from Palgrave in 2017. Two other projects are currently in process: an edition of Kenneth Burke's music criticism, with David Schiller; and a co-edited essay collection, with Sujata Iyengar and Miriam Jacobson, entitled The Routledge Handbook to Shakespeare and Global Appropriation.
Residential Scholar, Folger Shakespeare Library Teaching Shakespeare Institute, 2014 and 2016
Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship in Humanities, Underwood International College, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea (2014, awarded for March 1-July 1, 2015)
First-year Composition Program, University System of Georgia Regents' Teaching Excellence Award for Departments and Programs, 2012
Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor of English, University of Georgia
Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Georgia, 2003-2004
Teaching Academy, University of Georgia, 2001–present
Sandy Beaver Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Georgia, 1996
Richard B. Russell Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of Georgia, 1993
Lilly Teaching Fellowship, University of Georgia, 1985
Supporting Literacy for Diverse Learners through the School Library, Improving Teacher Quality Grant, Nancy Knapp, PI (2013-16)
Co-investigator and Senior Faculty Lead. Collaborative Development of Adaptive Courses Using Next-Generation Learning Technology. Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, 2015
Digital Barn Raising for a Peer Review Platform. Innovative Instruction Grant, University of Georgia (with Sara Steger and Ron Balthazor), 2013